Country Meadows Place in Mason City, Iowa, had prepared a special activity to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. The goal was to establish a fun carnival to make people come together in the facility and enjoy the day.
Country Meadow Place is a dedicated Alzheimer’s and memory care community in northern Iowa. The facility aims to provide a complete service for assisted living and memory care, and it has as a politic to execute different events through the year to make families come together and share fun activities with the patients.
The Carnival in Iowa
Staff members planned a journey that involved different games and activities where people could participate and make donations. According to the Health Care Coordinator, Alissa Rakoto, a lot of people attended the event and donated to the cause.
The facility collected the donations to give them to the Alzheimer’s disease association.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this month is planned to be an opportunity to discover the truth about the mental disease. There are a lot of misconceptions around Alzheimer, and there are many things that most people ignore.
The disease can be fatal, and actually, more people are dying of Alzheimer than from breast and prostate cancer. There is no cure for the disease, but it is not a result of aging; so far, scientists have discovered that Alzheimer is a progressive brain disease that is not entirely related to “just being old.”
Memory loss is just one of the symptoms of the variety of symptoms that comes with Alzheimer. Several organizations and assisted living facilities like Country Meadow Place are trying to reach the general public to make Alzheimer more visible and move the cause forward.
About 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. Even though the disease cannot be prevented, early detection matters since adopting healthy habits can reduce the cognitive decline.
Alzheimer’s is among the most expensive conditions in America, and there are not survivors. In more than memory loss and caregiving is relevant to provide assistance to Alzheimer’s patients.
Scientific discoveries stated that it is possible to reduce the risk of cognitive decline if we put more effort in brain care, adopting key lifestyle habits. Engaging in regular physical activity and cardiovascular disease and quit smoking can help.
Reading books, eating healthy and engaging in proper sleeping habits are also among actions to take to contribute to a healthier brain.
The stigma associated with the disease must be ended, and events and awareness activities are the way to do it.
#OITNB's @TheKateMulgrew went purple to end Alzheimer's. Now it's your turn! https://t.co/aRAWrv5sFg #ENDALZ pic.twitter.com/y3XmPYfumi
— Alzheimer's Assoc. (@alzassociation) June 17, 2016